Can't fix slipped tendon; should I cull?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by One Acre Wonder Farm, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
    I have a Narragansett turkey poult with what I think is a slipped tendon (can hardly use one leg, joint is warm/swollen, looks "flat" compared to the good leg). I attempted the stretch method to get the tendon back in place but had no luck. Is there any thing else I could try? What if I can't fix it? Is there a chance it will lead a normal life for the next 6 months (it was predestined for the table anyway)? I'm thinking it would be kinder to cull... Though it can hop to the food/water and its two brooder mates do not pick on it.

  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    I would cull but thats because in the two instances i had chickens with broken legs and i tried to fix it they died.

    But if your going to be eating it and it can eat and drink, i would just watch and see , if it becomes disabled and cannot hop anymore i would definitely cull.
  3. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    From the Cornell University Vet School:

    "In turkeys fed vitamin E deficient diets, abnormalities may develop in their legs. Enlarged hocks and bowing may develop at 2-3 weeks of age. The signs may disappear by 6 weeks of age. However if the deficiency is not corrected, the disorder will reappear in a more severe form by 14-16 weeks of age."

    Does your turkey poult fit this age range? If so, you could try giving Vitamin E/Selenium.
  4. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
    Interesting info Mother Jean. Yes my turkey is in this age range. I had a poult in the brooder who flipped/died and I assumed this poult had been injured in the other poult's flopping around.

    I'll try the E supplements. Thanks!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by